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Veterans at High Risk of Drug Overdose

Steve Wagner

If you have loved ones who have been serving in the military, they may be at a higher risk of injury or death once they come home than they were when they were deployed. A new medical malpractice investigation from CBS News has shown that the over-prescription of narcotics is widespread among VA hospitals, and that the doctors and staff of these hospitals rarely, if ever, review the narcotics which their patients are on, and are instead, simply writing new prescriptions.

One man, Lance Corporal Jeremy Brooking was prescribed 23 different types of medications at once, over 100 pills per day. After asking doctors to take him off of some of the medications and reduce his narcotic dependence, one doctor was quoted as saying “We don’t get people off narcotics. Our job is to write prescriptions.”

It is that attitude that is increasing the dependence of narcotics among our veterans, as well as killing many others. Brooking said he has lost count of how many friends and co-workers he’s lost to drug dependence.

In a similar report from WTHR, investigators found out that prescriptions for hydrocodone and morphine at the Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis rose over 400% in the decade that followed 9/11.

Between 2008 and 2011, an average of 24 Indiana veterans died each year in drug-related overdoses.

If you or a loved one have recently arrived home from deployment, be on the lookout for doctors who are over-prescribing medications. If you need assistance with an overdose case related to a possible over-prescribing situation, please give the drug injury lawyers at Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440 for more information.


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